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Bootstrap Hyderabad September Meet September 25, 2006

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Bootstrap Hyderabad’s september meet was a big hit. The house was packed.

Mohit has blogged the event here. The pics from the meet are below.

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Vishal gave really useful suggestions. ( in pic Vishal, Mangesh, Mohit, Mallaya)

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People listening intently to Vishal here ( in pic Anand, Siva Prasad, Rajiv, Amit )

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More crowd listening to Vishal ( in pic RK, Vijay)

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Caffeine

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Anand suggesting that next time we can use big office of pennywise. :).

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Ritesh Prasad kicked Adobe 🙂 and is fellow bootstrapper now.

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Gyaan sharing going on.

Meeting just rocked. Eagerly waiting for the October meet.

Day 3: TiE ISB Connect 2006 September 25, 2006

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Day three at the TiE-ISB Connect began with talks by Peter Mukherjea, CEO of Star TV and Sanjeev Kumar, Founder and CTO of Portal Player.

Plenary Session

Noted actress Sulekha Naidu chaired the session on New Media and Entertainment. On the panel were Prem Akkaraju (Sanctuary Artist Management), Rajesh Jog (Waygate Capital), Suresh Babu (Suresh Productions), Alok Kejriwal (Contests2win.com), Raj Atluri (DFJ), Rahul Khanna (Clearstone) and Sekhar Kammula (Film director).

Track 6 : New Media & Entertainment

Day 2: TiE ISB Connect 2006 September 24, 2006

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Track 2 : Internet Technologies

Hitesh Oberoi (COO, Naukri.com) , Sanjay Swami (CEO, mChek), Sandeep Murthy (Sherpalo Ventures), Raghav Kher (Founder, Seventymm.com), Samir Sood (Venture Investments, Google), Probir Roy(Founder Coruscant & Paymate) and Ganesh Rengaswamy (Greylock Partners) joined Ajit Balakrishnan for the panel discussion on Internet technologies, chaired by Krishnan Seshadrinathan of Motive.

Track 4 : Technology

Pradeep Gupta (CyberMedia, Band of Angels), Srini Koppulu (VP and MD, Microsoft), Vani Kola (NEA Indo-US), Raj Gollamudi (Bluestream Ventures), Joga Rao (Computer Associates), Ajit Deora (Light Speed Ventures) and Srikanth Sunjararajan (Founder, Persistent) joined Ashok Jhunjunwala for the panel disussion on Technology. The panel discussion was chaired by Sudheer Koneru (Managing Director, SumTotal) and Kalyan Manyam (PhoneLinx).

Day 1: TiE ISB Connect 2006 September 24, 2006

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Discovery-led Planning

Can You Scale A Mountain?

Preparing For The Journey

Financing Your Dream

September 19, 2006

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The Tao of Backup September 17, 2006

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1. Coverage
The novice asked the backup master which files he should backup.

The master said: “Even as a shepherd watches over all the sheep in his flock, and the lioness watches over all her cubs, so must you backup every file in your care, no matter how lowly. For even the smallest file can take days to recreate.

2. Frequency
The novice asked the backup master: “How often should I backup my files? It has been a month since my last backup.”

The master replied: “Just as night follows day, and Autumn follows Summer, so should backups follow work. As you work, so should you backup that work.”

3. Separation
The novice asked the backup master: “Now that I regularly backup all my files, am I enlightened to the Tao of Backup?”

The master replied: “By regularly backing up all your files you are on the path to enlightenment, but you will never achieve enlightenment until you scatter your backups to the four corners of the earth. Does the dandelion drop all its seeds at the base of its stalk? Does the cuckoo lay its eggs in one nest? So long as your backups are in one place, you are vulnerable to the fortunes of the world.”

4. History
The novice took an old backup tape to the backup master and asked: “Master, this tape is six months old. If I am to achieve oneness with the Earth, is it not right that it be re-used?”

The master took the tape and said: “I will re-use it. Now, quickly, go and examine your disk drive.”

The novice examined his disk and discovered that a virus had corrupted hundreds of important, but rarely-used files. He loaded a day-old backup, but found that those files were corrupted too.

5. Testing
The novice asked the backup master: “Master, now that my backups have good coverage, are taken frequently, are archived, and are distributed to the four corners of the earth, I have supreme confidence in them. Have I achieved enlightenment? Surely now I comprehend the Tao Of Backup?”

The master paused for one minute, then suddenly produced an axe and smashed the novice’s disk drive to pieces. Calmly he said: “To believe in one’s backups is one thing. To have to use them is another.”

The novice looked very worried.

6. Security
The backup master was visiting the novice who had just finished installing a network security system for his company.

“See”, said the novice, “we have total security here. We have installed the most stringent Internet firewall. All of our staff have been trained to use obscure passwords and not to divulge them to anyone. We monitor all network traffic and all our email is encrypted. Truly our data is safe from disclosure.”

The master fell silent, but on his way out he pocketed a 20 Gigabyte corporate backup tape that was lying around.

Later he posted it to the novice.

7. Integrity
The novice was growing impatient on the road to enlightenment. “Master, as a follower of the Tao, I am taking regular backups of all my files. I am archiving them securely offsite, and testing them using Veracity. Surely, master, I am enlightened now?”

The backup master said only: “You will not achieve enlightenment until you control the integrity of your data, for a copy is useless if the original is corrupt. What use is a mirror if we cannot see? What use is an echo if we cannot hear?” But the novice did not understand.

Epilogue

The novice had just finished testing a backup of all his files, which he was now monitoring with Veracity. It was the fifth backup that week, and he had tested the backup by restoring it and checking the restored data with Veracity before taking it to a locked cabinet offsite to be stored with other backups made over the previous few months. The novice said “Now that I have coverage, frequency, separation, history, testing, security, and integrity, surely I have achieved enlightenment?”

The master said: “You are not yet enlightened, but you are on the final steps of the path to enlightenment. The next step is to buy some more copies of Veracity”.

The novice became suspicious and said: “Master, is all this ‘Tao of Backup’ stuff just so you can sell more copies of Veracity?”

The master said: “Now you are truly enlightened.”

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Should political leaders blog? September 15, 2006

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That was the question that Veena was trying to ask the audience.

People were having various opinions.

Well I think they should blog.

Indian demographics are going to change increasingly over the next 5 years. We are going to have 60% of young people. Most of these young people will be working out of home. People like me.

Now I dont have any first hand information what the MPs and MLAs are doing in my constituency. How junta is reacting to their policies ? What are the views of opposition parties. So whenever there are general elections in my town, I end up asking my dad whom you want me to vote. As I dont know anybody who is standing in the elections. Its been 8 years now that I am living out of my home.

BJP did use sms to reach the younger audience. But that was broadcasting of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Main aapka pradhanmantri bol raha hoon“. It failed because they were not able to enage aam aadmi in a conversation.

So if these guys will start blogging and will encourage participation over their blog that will really be helpful for guys like me to make an informed decision :).

Please note that in recent times the difference between the winner and loser in elections has really thinned down. So now every vote counts.

I hope someone is listening.

Coco-Cola threatened Sharad Haksar September 15, 2006

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Sharad Haksar a leading international photographer and winner of the 2005 Cannes Silver Lion, placed a large billboard in one of Chennai’s busiest areas – one of India’s largest cities – with his own “work (which) is solely an expression of creativity.”

The billboard features the ubiquitous red Coca-Cola wall painting, commonly found across India. Directly preceding the Coca-Cola ad, and part of the billboard, is a dry water hand-pump, with empty vessels waiting to be filled up with water – a common scene in India, particularly in Chennai.

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Coca Cola sued Sharad Haksar for the above billboard. Sharad’s point was that the billboard is not at all tryinig to demean the cokes brand. But Coke went ahead and sued the guy. Sharad went to mainstream press but they refused to do the story because Coca – Cola is big advertiser. Talk about the unbiased nature of mainstream media.

After that fellow bloggers picked the story and within days it was talk of the town. Then BBC and Rediff published it on their websites. Now newspapers dint hve much choice and they also published it. Seeing that more harm has done Coca Cola withdraw their case.

Really this story showed the power of bloggers. 🙂

Blog as a personal history recorder September 10, 2006

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Chennaist said a nice point of blog as a personal history recorder i.e. your grand children reading your blog. How cool it would be for them to see the blog of their grand pa. I myself have thought about it before I started blogging and some affects of it. But then it got so complicated that I left it there and got to blogging. :). My future generations will figure it out on their own what to do with what all shit their grand pa has written.

How big a nut he was !! 🙂 🙂
But just think out loud it is a real powerful medium. We always hear of cases where sometimes people have lost a hang of their family tress and then they go out to search their forefathers. Or how they were living in those times. Have you ever thought how your parents or grand parents have spent their time in youth or childhood etc. But now if you are blogging your future generations will have some sense of how things were in those times.

When I was working in US a jew girl who was working with me there once told me that she will be going to Israel sometime to see how her fore fathers were living. And she wants to see her ancestoral house. But now we put pictures of our abodes on our blogs. And it is a timeless picture which can be accessed by anybody anytime.

Priceless !!

Blogging for a global audience September 10, 2006

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Rajesh Shetty on blogging for a global audience.

Dos

1. ROII – return on investment on interaction.  If someone is coming on to your blog make his time worthwhile.
2. No Indian blogger syndrome – First we are bloggers than we are indian bloggers.
3. Getting hits from lots of countries. Is it indian in other countries or is it others who are reading your blog.
4. Guy Kawasaki – Everybody knows how to get into blogs. My dog can start a blog now.
5. Aim for quality traffic.
6. Caring for concerns.
7. Participate in global conversation. Make other bloggers succeed. What can I do to increase the value of other blogs.  Link love.
8. Focus – Free to express your views. But do think about your readers. They are spending time on your blog.
9. Increase the timeless content on your blog. Go to old posts are they still relevant. 90% of your posts should be relevant from 3 years from now.
10 Personal branding for tech geeks.

Donts

1. Mudslinging
2. LInks without context.
3. News without perspective.
4. Local jargon.
5. Too much of self promotion.

Blog Brands September 10, 2006

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Hur blog yeh kehta hai andar usmein kaun rehta hai
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Inspired from Asian Paints ad)


1. Sticking to niche area.
2. Catering to the demand of the blogosphere.
3. Following your site stats carefully.
4. Promotions via community of bloggers

Would it be a case of ROI fever and killing the geese that layed the golden eggs.
A very difficult thing to do but one has to maintain the original character of the blog.

Amit Agarwal – Blogging Inspiration September 9, 2006

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Physical Wiki @ Blogcamp September 9, 2006

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